Note: There are no known designations
for Dow-Keys other than the Universal Model. The following names have been
arbitrarily assigned because of their similarity to Vibroplex models.
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|| The Universal Deluxe has a chrome base and red
paddles. Many of the Universals are found in their original
wooden shipping boxes. (KN6W collection).
| Universal, Pivoting damper
|| This is the first version of the Universal.
Note that the damper pivots with the
rest of the mechanism. (W4OI collection)
| Universal Standard
|| Platinum gray or gold wrinkle base, chrome parts.
||Gold. Single post and rod with red knob damper.
||The so-called "Bent Dow" was designed by Paul Dow
to meet a perceived need for a more ergonomic angle for keying.
It is almost certain that the bent model preceded the
Universal. Photo courtesy of Neal McEwen
||Photo courtesy of Russ Kleinman. Photo
||Photo courtesy of Martin Odenbach.
||Chrome ferrous base.
2 7/8" X 6". Upper parts non-ferrous. Flat topped
binding nuts. Swinging arm type damper. Label
states "DOW-KEY, MFD. By Paul P. Dow, Winnipeg". Label
pinned in upper left and lower right corners. Five
sided paddle. (N7CFO collection)
Original Model (Winnipeg address) There were several variations
of this key. Most seem to have had the "goal post" damper, but
other variations had a vertical post with a disc in the top or a vertical post
with a horizontal screw with a plastic knob on the end..
||Black. Goal post damper. Bullet shaped
paddle. Slotted "wadcutter" binding posts. (N7CFO
||Chrome. Goal post damper. Note goal post style
damper and "Wadcutter" binding posts.
||Blue base, Single post and disc damper. (W4OI
||Green base. Single post and disc damper.
Winnipeg address. (K8MFO collection) Close-up
of damper. Close up of label.
||This is a variation - it has the "Hole in the
Wall" frame. (WA5Y Collection)
KEY-municator straight key
|This was a hollow based key with a black crackle finish.
The oscillator was contained in the base. It was advertised from
December 1960 through May of 1962.
Dow boxes (Thanks to Wayne Blenkhorn,
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